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08-01-2013 03:35 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

I will back in a slip or cove if I can. I use a trolling motor for such movement and love the quiet approach. I will raise the sails when I clear the cove and catch a breeze for the morning. I have been observing more deer, turkey and geese with the trolling motor as I just sneak up on them before they know I am there.
08-01-2013 11:20 AM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

There is something VERY elegant about departing an anchorage that way, especially if you do it early in the morning to avoid waking your neighbors. But here in Maine it's sort of tough to pull off because the chain is usually filled with thick, greasy, clay/mud which is great for holding but time consuming to clean off before the chain goes below. So, I almost always have the engine running and am working diligently with my washdown hose for the first several minutes after the anchor breaks free, which precludes me from sailing, at least when I'm single handing.
07-31-2013 08:44 PM
mac 2-22
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

got a trolling motor it is like really peaceful. mac 22
07-31-2013 06:23 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

When I purchased this boat, I thought she was a motorsailor for the most part. How wrong I was!
In the last year we've sailed about 2000 miles in the West Indies and I doubt we have put 10 hours on the engine, and most of that is idling when leaving a crowded anchorage under sail, just as a precaution.
Most of our anchorages are north to south bays with an easterly breeze, so we must beat up into the anchorage. As the wind is generally 18 to 25 knots, we can be screaming into a bay at 7 to 9+ knots and that's just a tad fast for me. We'll douse the main about a half mile from the place we want to anchor (longer if we can't make it on one tack, obviously), slowing the boat to a more reasonable 5 to 7 knots. If the wind is especially strong, like Christmas winds, we'll still be footing it along pretty quickly, so with each tack the Yankee gets rolled up a few turns. By the time I turn head to wind to drop the pick, the Yankee can be the size of a bandanna and we are creeping up into the wind at less than a knot. As Nikki drops the pick I furl what's left of the jib and walk up to the foredeck to help her with the snub line.
We will not sail through a crowded anchorage; it's not that we can't, but why would we? We're sailing in and out so I'd rather have a bit of room around us in the morning to make sailing out easier. Not that we're out in the middle of the bay either, just not crammed in the middle of the crowd. Of course, there are those times when the bareboats scamper in at dusk and surround us like Indians around the covered wagons, but they are usually early risers, so they're gone before we even have our coffee.
We have yet to sail this boat to a dock, but since we only dock three times a year (for fuel), we haven't really had too many opportunities. Hope I never have to, though.
07-31-2013 02:47 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
Now I know I am officially hooked...

Rather than start that noisy enging leaving a little cove yesterday I just raised the main, pulled up on the anchor, fell off and sailed away. Nice, quiet, and smooth as silk.

I am really starting to dislike the sound of an engine
If it was smooth as silk, I'll bet there was no one to watch!
Usually if I have an audience, I screw it up, ha ha
07-31-2013 01:46 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

On my little boat I get the sails up and luffing, pull in the anchor rode and chain so that the boat is right over the anchor, and when I sheet in the sails and lock the tiller the anchor releases without fail. I pull the anchor up all the way (almost all the way if it is covered in mud), and I get going.
I don't like using my outboard engine unless I absolutely have to.The noise and smell (it's a 2 stroke Nissan) always harsh my morning mellow so I would rather paddle a short distance than use it early in the morning. Small boats often make life easier and quieter.
07-31-2013 01:15 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

I almost always raise the main before hauling the anchor, and then usually haul and sail away. I rarely anchor near much of anything but a weather shore, so no need for the motor.
07-31-2013 01:03 PM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
Now I know I am officially hooked...

Rather than start that noisy enging leaving a little cove yesterday I just raised the main, pulled up on the anchor, fell off and sailed away. Nice, quiet, and smooth as silk.

I am really starting to dislike the sound of an engine
If there's enough wind to make the anchor difficult to pull, there is a trick to it. Raise the main, lock the tiller/wheel, and sheet in pretty tight. That will result in the boat tacking back and forth about the anchor. After the boat tacks, the rode goes limp and you can pick it up, just make sure you have it cleated off before you sail over the top of it, so it will then pull tight and tack again after it crosses over. You can get 120 feet of rode in within 3 or 4 tacks, with very little work. If you get the timing right, you'll be sailing directly over the anchor with the rode cleated off on the last pass. You'll feel a bit of a bump as the inertia of the boat pulls the anchor out of the bottom. You are SOL if you don't have the rode cleated as it goes tight and can easily get hurt. If you get the timing right and there is a bit of wind, the process described is far far less work than pulling in 100 or so feet of rode manually with a 12 knot wind against you.

If you're using a powered windlass to lift, be aware that most manufacturers recommend the engine at high idle while using the windlass due to the very high current load. Certainly a less aesthetic process.

07-31-2013 11:35 AM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

I've done this any number of times, especially when anchored in a relatively open cove and the winds are favorable. I usually put the main sail up before raising the anchor, mainly because it's easy to do and I leave the main sheet a bit loose so the boat can swing a bit without effecting anything. As soon as I'm back in the cockpit, the main is sheeted, the jib unfurled and I'm on my way to somewhere.


07-31-2013 11:25 AM
Re: pulled anchor and sailed away...

Sounds perfect !!
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